Tomoo Hozumi is the UNICEF Representative in Bangladesh
A Japanese national, he has worked to further the rights of children and women for 29 years. He assumed the UN agency’s top office in Bangladesh on May 2019.
Hozumi's move to Bangladesh is his fourth posting as a UNICEF Country Representative. He began his career with UNICEF in Bhutan in 1990. In 1992, he moved to India as the Chief of the Field Office for the State of Gujarat. Between 1997 and 1999, he worked for Save the Children Japan in Osaka as the Chief of the Overseas Program Unit.
He returned to UNICEF in 1999 and served as a Program Officer in UNICEF in Tokyo until 2002. Thereafter he was Senior Program Officer for UNICEF Cambodia between 2002 and 2006. He was then appointed to the position of Country Representative for UNICEF Thailand in 2006. He was also Country Representative for UNICEF Philippines between 2012 and 2014, and for UNICEF Nepal between 2014 and 2019.
Hozumi obtained his Bachelor's degree in Law from Sophia University in Tokyo in 1985, and Master's degree in International Relations from the Graduate School of International Relations at Tokyo University in 1987. In 1989, he obtained an MPhil in Development Studies from the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex in the UK.